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Auburn in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Knight House / La Maison Knight

Auburn, Maine

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Knight House / La Maison Knight Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Knight House / La Maison Knight Marker
Named for the Knight family, the building's longest occupants, the "Knight House" stands as the oldest frame house in downtown Auburn. It is a typical example of houses built in the late 1700s. Nathaniel Knight was a butcher and meat dealer. Caleb Lincoln, a Revolutionary War veteran, built the house in 1796, when Maine was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Originally located about a mile from this current location on Cross Street near North River Road, Knight House has been moved six times and had twelve different owners! The house is furnished with typical late nineteenth century decor. The shoe shop beside the house, constructed in the 1790s, contains tools and equipment used in early shoemaking.

La maison Knight, qui tire son nom de la famille Knight, longtemps propriétaire des lieux, est la plus vieille maison den bois du centre d'Auburn. C'est un example type d'architecture de la fin des années 1700. Nathaniel Knight est boucher en grossiste en viande. Caleb Lincoln, un vétéren de la guerre d'indépendance, construit la maison en 1796 alors que le Maine fait encore partie
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due Massachusetts. D'abord située à l'angle des rues Cross et North River Road, à 1,5 km de son emplacement actuel, la Maison Knight est déplacée six foit et appartient successivement à douze propriétaires différents! Les meubles sont représentatifs de la fin du dix-neuvième siècle. Le megasin de chaussures à côté de la maison date de 1790 et possède de vieux outils et matériaux de fabrication de chaussures.
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number A2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Auburn-Lewiston, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1796.
Location. 44° 6.025′ N, 70° 13.48′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is on Auburn Riverwalk, 0.1 miles Great Falls Plaza, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn ME 04210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Knight House (here, next to this marker); Hydroelectric Power / L'Énergie Hydraulique (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auburn, Maine (about 400 feet away); Androscoggin Log Drives / Les Draves Sur L'Androscoggin
The Knight House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. The Knight House
(about 400 feet away); Great Falls Geology / La Géologie des Grandes Chutes (about 600 feet away); Maine's Loss of Farmland & Rise of Small Farms (about 800 feet away); Amitgonpontook (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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